Sight Control

Sight Control 2.0
Sight Control 2.0 and FaceTime Sight Control 2.0 and Skype
Sight Control 2.0 and QuickTime Player Sight Control 2.0 and Photo Booth

What's new in version 2.0
  • Brand new app icon and menubar icon.
  • Add support for the FaceTime HD Camera on MacBook Air 2013, a new generation of Apple's built-in webcam totally different then any previous model. It supports Exposure Time, Brightness, Contract, Hue, Saturation and Sharpness controls and one new Noise Reduction control.
Sight Control Panel (version 2.0)

What's new in version 1.4
  • Apps such as Skype reset webcam randomly and cause webcam to lose settings. Version 1.4 add [Write every settings to webcam] popup menu, allow Sight Control to write settings back to webcam at certain interval, for example 0.5 seconds.
  • Add [Read auto settings from webcam] popup menu, allow Sight Control to read Exposure Time and White Balance Temperature values at certain interval, for example 0.5 seconds.
  • Add information sheets to explain newly added popup menus.
Sight Control Panel (version 1.4)

What's new in version 1.3
  • Automatically load a preset when the app opens.
  • Add ability to save and load Aperture value.
  • Notify user about Sight Control menu bar icon while user close the panel on Mac OS X 10.6.
Sight Control Panel (version 1.3)

What's new in version 1.2
  • Save/Load settings
  • Notify user about Sight Control menu bar icon while user close the panel on Mac OS X 10.7 and later.
  • Settings of the camera will be stored automatically and restored the next time the app is launched.
  • Slider positions will be updated automatically when "Auto Exposure Mode" or "Auto White Balance" is on.
Sight Control Panel (version 1.2)

◼ We like Sight Control because it’s not applying filters after you’ve taken pictures or video; moving the sliders back and forth results in real-time, immediate changes. - iLounge + Mac

◼ Powerful and easy to use built-in webcam controller - Softpedia


★★★★★ Thank You … Works Great!
by Perezohana - Version 1.1 - Jun 26, 2012 (US Mac App Store)
Thank you … your app really helped me adjust my webcam so that my Skype sessions were "visible" to the other party instead of the usuall dark images that were being transmitted due to my rooms lighting. FIVE STARS for a great app.

★★★★★ Works as advertised
by darkfreq - Version 1.0 - Jun 18, 2012 (US Mac App Store)
I have a lot of backlight in my office and this did the trick. Solved my problems for my video conferencing.

Sight Control is a simple and user-friendly OS X application that will give you total control of your Mac’s built-in webcam.

Sight Control will allow you to easily adjust the image quality in real time while using webcam apps such as Skype or FaceTime.

Sight Control will automatically identify Mac's built-in webcams, including Built-in iSight, Display iSight, FaceTime Camera (Built-in), FaceTime Camera (Display), FaceTime HD Camera (Built-in) and FaceTime HD Camera (Display).

Sight Control communicates with Mac’s built-in webcams and learns what settings they can support.

You can adjust all these settings
  • Auto-Exposure Mode
  • Exposure Time
  • Gain
  • Aperture
  • Brightness
  • Contrast
  • Hue
  • Saturation
  • Sharpness
  • Gamma
  • White Balance Temperature
  • Power Line Frequency
  • Backlight Composition
True hardware level control
  • Instead of post processing already captured images from your webcam and apply filter to those images to create similar effects. Sight Control directly communicates with your webcam and adjusts hardware control values.
Works with almost every webcam app
  • iChat, Messages
  • Photo Booth
  • FaceTime
  • iMovie
  • QuickTime Player/QuickTime Player 7
  • Skype and many other 3rd party apps
*Sight Control works with Mac’s built-in webcam only, Sight Control does not work with iSight connected via FireWire.


  1. Does this work with Go To Meeting?

    1. Yes, I have one user comment from Germany,

      "Nutze oft GoToMeeting, aber über die eingebaute Kamera sieht alles ziemlich lila aus. Mit diesem Tool kann man das einwandfrei korrigieren. Läuft ohne Probleme unter Mountain Lion."

      Apple's translation tool translate like this,

      "Often use GoToMeeting, but looks rather purple over the inserted camera all. With this tools one can correct that perfectly. Runs without problems under Mountain Lion."

      Google Translate,

      "Often use GoToMeeting, but the built-in camera, everything looks quite purple. With this tool you can adjust the sound. Running with no problems at Mountain Lion."

    2. Great program! It took me 3 seconds to make an adjustment that fixed all the unflattering "auto" settings. Well worth the price.

  2. Thank you for the quick reply! I purchased it.

  3. downloaded but all sliders are frozen except the briteness slider...any thoughts on why all is frozen?

    1. Can you tell me what camera you are using? Please email me at, I will be able to respond faster through email. Thanks.

  4. Hello,

    on my laptop, the Gain settings are not available -
    Gain is greyed out,
    I revert to using cam in black and white mode, desaturated.
    the image is still very dark and grainy as before using the app

    The other thing which users have mentioned,
    is that the settings dont get saved.
    for instance when switching chat rooms or skype sessions.

    problem: Gain is greyed out
    Computer - Macbook Air,
    camera - built in camera
    OS -10.8.2

    1. Your built in camera does not support Gain from its hardware therefore it's grayed out. Does it support Aperture? It it does, you can click the [+1] button and the image should get brighter. Another choice is to switch the Auto-Exposure Mode to Manual and then increase Exposure Time. This can also make the image brighter.

      There is a new version 1.2 coming soon. It has been sent to Apple for review and should be online in 2 weeks.
      In version 1.2 you can save presets and load back manually.
      It will also remember current setting and load back automatically the next time you launch the app.

      If you would like to test the new version now, please sent me an email at Thanks.

  5. Hi,

    I downloaded Sight Control for my iMac, OS X 10.6.8. It worked once, but now I can no longer open it. Computer reboot makes no difference - clicking on the app or right-clicking and selecting "open" does nothing. Help please.


    1. Can you check the FAQ #1 and see if it helps you on this issue?

  6. Hi. I am using this App to create infinite white backgrounds for my Youtube videos. So far it looks amazing, but it slows down Final Cut and iMovie immensely. Sometimes the videos become almost frozen, and at their best, they are skippy and delayed.

    I have 16 GB of Ram, and I have about 12 left to use when running either program, so that's not the issue...

    1. Do you mean the iSight video preview slows down in Final Cut and iMovie? Are you using [Manual Exposure Mode]? If so, what's the [Exposure Time] settings looks like?

      Can you please send me an email, it will allow me to reply to you more effectively. Thank you very much.

  7. I think so, I sent an email (

  8. Does this work with Microsoft Lync?

    1. I have not personally tested with Microsoft Lync, there shouldn't be any problem with it. If you found any issue with Microsoft Lync, please send me an email so I can help me solve the issue. Thank you very much.

  9. 謝謝陳先生! Thanks for creating this software. Would it be possible to control two USB cams?


    1. Both Sight Control and Webcam Settings support more then one cameras. You can switch camera from the top most popup menu in the panel. If you like my app, may I ask you to leave a review on the Mac App Store? I supposed you are living in Taiwan also. How about send me an email and we can go to have a cup of coffee? :)

  10. Is there a way to purchase this outside of the Mac App Store?
    I'd gladly pay $4.99 via paypal since I am not allowed to sync my credit card online.

  11. I accidentally purchased this item while browsing through my computer's App Store..
    As I have only just upgraded to the system which now included this feature, I am somewhat a novice at it.
    After logging in when I opened the app and coming across this app, I clicked on the arrow button that connects with the "buy" price AND the damn thing started downloading and I could do nothing to stop it.
    I then opened this app to find that THE ONLY feature that works in the WHOLE app was Gamma. I tested this in 4 other applications.
    Even went to this website to check why, meet every single specification and requirement, I have built-in isight which works flawlessly in ALL apps.
    After politely requesting a refund for this product 3 times, that I did not mean to purchase, do NOT need or want and does NOT work in any way that this description describes it WILL, I was refused a refund. This application is fraudulent and extorts money from innocent people.
    They have charged me $6.99 for a product that I cannot use...! DISGUSTED AT THEIR GREED

    1. I am sorry to hear this, did Apple refuse to refund you for 3 times? Please sent me an email at and let me know your PayPal account. I will refund you personally.

  12. is it compatible with OSX 10.10 plz ?

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  14. My MacBook Pro (13") Retina (2015 model) appears to be incompatible with Sight Control as many of the controls are greyed out. Can you confirm the app is fully compatible with this Mac and how I can enable the other controls

  15. Hello,

    I downloaded the app version 2.0 (paid App Store) and the control panel just let me vary:
    - brightness
    - saturation
    - sharpness
    - gamma (1.0 - 2.2)

    and the upper tabs to choose the camera (I have only integrated iSight) and the 2 lower tabs "read auto setting from webcam, write every setting to webcam"

    I have an iMac 17 "2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Bus 667MHz, 2GB Ram, OS 10.6.8 Snow Leopard  and I have tried the app sight control: Quicktime, Skype, Photo Booth and Hanghouts with the same results.

    Why the other settings are not activated? I wanted to control the exposure and white balance. Please give me a solution.

    I hope your answer,

  16. If you could provide digital zoom on the product I would buy it now.

    Need it to zoom to a white board when presenting in meeting room.

  17. Like Martyn Williams has commented - i also have the 13" Macbook Pro 2015 and most of the settings are greyed out, like white balance. This is irritating, but as its a new model, i can understand if the software has not recognised the image sensor in this. If you need me to dump any specific data from the camera etc, or find strings that might be necessary to rectify this - please let me know.

  18. Hello Guys, I Buyed a few days ago Sight, but didn't work how I thought. Sight didn't recognize My camera Microsoft HD 3000. I got a Mac mini (Late 2014) MacOS 10.12.1.

    I hope your answer, because this way Sight don't help me at all and don't want lost my money.

    Oscar P.

  19. I bought this for my 2015 27" iMac to try to get a better image out of my iSight camera, but it doesn't seem to be working. Is there a way to reset the settings? I go to manual and change settings, when I go back to auto all the settings stay in what I had just changed in manual.

  20. Bought this for my MacBook Pro 2016, does not work. Can I get a refund, please?

  21. Why is auto-exposure greyed-out? I mean that's kind of crucial to be able to disable it.

  22. Hello Just installed iVision on an iMac, all controls are greyed out, unable to use the app at all, can you please advise to get it working? Thanks

  23. Hello Just installed sight control on an iMac, all controls are greyed out, unable to use the app at all, can you please advise to get it working? Thanks

  24. Don't buy it!!!! It doesnt work. get a refund! I got iGlasses app, which works like a charm!

  25. hi , i downloaded the app , it doesn not work at all , my operating sys is Mac catalina 10.15

  26. No longer works - Im on Catalina

  27. Just bought it for Catalina to just find out it doesn't work. Apple should warn potential buyers in the Appstore. Is there a way to get a refund?

  28. Should have checked here before buying. It doesn't work for me. Cannot select a camera so every options are greyed out.
    Running macOS 10.15.5.

    1. the same with mine .... just buying and all grey out .... but just thinking ... could be need authorisation for the app to use camera ? do you think ?

  29. I just bought this for my Mac running OSX 10.15.6 How do I get it to work?

  30. it doesn’t work should’ve checked before buying it pls give me a refund!!!!!

  31. I have sight control on an iMac with catalina. All of the sight control options are greyed out. What's up? What's next?

  32. @mactaris -- all controls are grayed out. Mac OS Catalina. PLEASE HELP!!!

  33. wow - same happens to me. Just bought this and all is greyed out. Should have checked this before, given the comments above it seems I can kiss my money goodbye. Will try let this be known on the app store, amazed it did not surface!